Billy Joe Royal (April 3, 1942 – October 6, 2015) was an American pop and country singer. His most successful record was "Down in the Boondocks" in 1965.
Born in Valdosta, Georgia to Clarence Royal and Mary Sue Smith, and raised in Marietta, Georgia, Royal performed at the Georgia Jubilee in Atlanta during his teens. He formed his own rock and roll band, and became a local star at the Bamboo Ranch in Savannah in the late 1950s and early 1960s, where his singing style was influenced by African-American performers including Sam Cooke.
He was a friend of performer and songwriter Joe South, and recorded what was intended as a demo of South's song "Down in the Boondocks". The recording was heard at Columbia Records, who offered Royal a singing contract in 1965 and released his version of the song, produced by South. "Down in the Boondocks" remained his best-known song, reaching number 9 on the BillboardЧитать далее в Википедии...
Альбомы и синглы:
- Looking Ahead [альбом]
- Tell It Like It Is [альбом]
- Down in the Boondocks [1965, альбом]
- Hush / Watching From the Bandstand [09.1967, сингл]
- The Royal Treatment [1987, альбом]
- Out of the Shadows [1990, альбом]
- Stay Close to Home [25.08.1998, альбом]
- 20 Greatest Hits [1988, сборник]
- Greatest Hits [1989, сборник]
- Greatest Hits [12.02.1991, сборник]
- Down in the Boondocks: 20 Great Songs [1993, сборник]